SAS® 9.4 Support for Other Third-Party Software Products

Eclipse

SAS AppDev Studio Eclipse Plug-ins Version 4.4 on Windows - Eclipse SDK Version 4.2.2;  32-bit  |   64-bit

Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers bundle: This bundle contains tools for Java developers creating Java EE and web applications, including a Java IDE, tools for Java EE and JSF, Mylyn and others. While SAS AppDev Studio Eclipse Plug-ins only installs on 64 bit Windows, it is possible to use 32 or 64 bit version of Eclipse.

ESRI ArcGIS

Certain SAS 9.4 products optionally require the installation of ESRI ArcGIS components. For all SAS 9.4 Supported Platforms:

JUnit

Certain SAS 9.4 products require the installation of JUnit v4.8.1 when they are used with the Deployment Tester.

Platform Suite for SAS®

SAS Platform Suite for SAS versions 8.1 and 9.1 and the SAS 9.4M2 - M4 Grid Manager for Platform releases that include these offerings will be provided Limited Support as of April 30, 2023.  This is in accordance with the SAS Support Policy SAS® Software Support When Third-Party Vendors Drop Support.

The End of Life/End of Support for All Editions of IBM Platform LSF V9 Family included in Platform Suite for SAS versions 8.1 and 9.1 occurred on April 30, 2020 and jointly, IBM and SAS extended support for these offerings for an additional three years to SAS Customers.  Customers operating with older Platform Suite for SAS 8.1 and 9.1 (released in 2015) and SAS Grid Manager for Platform on SAS 9.4M2 - M4 (released in 2016) should update those systems to SAS 9.4M7 or later where these offerings receive SAS Standard Support.

For those Customers that choose not to upgrade to SAS 9.4M7 but wish to upgrade to the latest release of Platform Suite for SAS that receives SAS Standard Support, see SAS Notes:

  • Usage Note 68686: Independent upgrade of Platform Suite for SAS® to Version 12.1 for UNIX on SAS® 9.4M2, SAS® 9.4M3, and SAS® 9.4M4
  • Usage Note 68687: Independent upgrade of Platform Suite for SAS® to Version 12.1 for Windows on SAS® 9.4M2, SAS® 9.4M3, and SAS® 9.4M4

PostgreSQL

The final build of PostgreSQL 9.5 is scheduled for 11 February 2021. After that date, PostgreSQL 9.5 will no longer receive any patch updates for any reason. SAS recommends that customers upgrade to SAS 9.4M7 and then upgrade their data servers to PostgreSQL 12.x, which is provided in the SAS 9.4M7 Software Depot. Performing this upgrade will ensure that you are able to continue to receive and deploy PostgreSQL security patches.

PowerShell

SAS Web Server requires Microsoft Windows PowerShell. SAS 9.4 supports PowerShell 5.0 or later.
With earlier versions of SAS software, SAS Deployment Wizard might display a path to PowerShell 1.0 even though the actual version may be 2.0 or later. Check SAS Note 50123 for more details.

Python

If you are running SAS 9.4M5 (TS1M5) or earlier, SAS Information Retrieval Studio, released with SAS® Visual Analytics, requires Python release 2.7.x. With SAS 9.4M6 (TS1M6) and later, SAS Information Retrieval Studio supports Python release 2.7.x or 3.7.x (or later).

Note: Support for Python 2.7 ended in January 2020. See https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0373/#update.

Note: Installation on Windows supports only the distribution of Python by the Python Software Foundation.  It requires that you first install Python and then install the pywin32 module in a separate installation step. The pywin32 module can be found at Python for Windows extensions. The Python distribution from ActiveState Software (Active Python Community Edition) is not supported.

For Python38, make sure that you run the following command as a post-installation step in order to enable the pywin32 module:

<Python38path>\python.exe <Python38path>\Scripts\pywin32_postinstall.py -install

WebDAV Servers

WebDAV functionality is provided to the SAS web applications and solutions in SAS 9.4 by the SAS® Content Server. The third-party WebDAV servers that were supported in SAS 9.1.3, e.g. Xythos WFS and Apache HTTP Server, are not supported for SAS 9.4. For more information about the SAS Content Server, see "Administering the SAS Content Server" in the SAS® 9.4 Intelligence Platform: Middle Tier Administration Guide.

X11 Servers

The SAS® Download Manager and the SAS® Deployment Wizard provide a windowing interface that requires an X11 server in UNIX and z/OS environments. If an X11 server is not available, console mode enables you to use the SAS Download Manager and the SAS Deployment Wizard in a text-based terminal window without an X11 server. For details on using console mode, see the SAS® Deployment Wizard and SAS® Deployment Manager 9.4: User's Guide.

When you deploy SAS® Data Integration Server or SAS® IT Resource Management under UNIX or z/OS, you must have a virtual frame buffer such as Xvfb running on the target host if you are using console mode.

Note: A change in Java 7 caused Swing applications to behave incorrectly when using the default windows manager in emulators such as Xming and Cygwin. This behavior is documented in Oracle bug 7147075 as an issue in the java.swing component. In our SAS 9.4 testing, SAS Technical Support has had success using the freeware X server MobaXterm Personal Edition configured as outlined below:

  • From the MobaXterm application window, select Settings > Configuration.
  • Select the X11 tab.
  • Click on the "X11 server display mode" dropdown menu.
  • Select "Windowed mode with Fvwm": X11 server and Fvwm desktop in a container window.
  • Click the OK button when finished.

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